Results 101–120 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Lord Drayson

Iraq: Withdrawal (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we recognise the very significant problems and difficulties that we face in Iraq. However, we do not believe that this is an unwinnable war. This is not a war; it is a process by which we are supporting the ability of the Iraqi people, their democratic Government and in particular their security forces to take over responsibility for the security of their own nation. We have made...

Iraq: Withdrawal (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am absolutely able to give the noble Lord that assurance on providing our forces with what they need in terms of up-to-date equipment for force protection. We need to recognise that, as we move through the process of transition in Basra province, we must expect attacks on our forces to increase. As my right honourable friend the Secretary of State has been saying for some...

Iraq: Withdrawal (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the noble and gallant Lord is absolutely right: our forces are increasingly the target for the militias. The reason is that the militias want to take credit, as they see it, for forcing us out of Basra. However, we have shown our strategy to be successful in the other provinces that we have handed over—for example, Al Muthanna province. Once the Iraqi security forces, in...

Iraq: Withdrawal (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely right. We have a responsibility to the Iraqi people to ensure that, at the point that we leave, we give them the best possible chance of avoiding the humanitarian disaster to which my noble friend refers.

Iraq: Withdrawal (18 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the noble Lord is absolutely right: because of developments in modern medicine and the resources and procedures that we are now using on operations, the level of survival from quite horrific attacks is much greater than it would have been in the past. That, of course, increases the burden of care for our wounded and we are absolutely putting in the resources needed to provide that care.

Government: Secretary of State for Defence (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, the Prime Minister, the Government and all my ministerial colleagues are fully committed to defence, to success in Afghanistan and Iraq and to the Armed Forces. As my right honourable friend made clear in the other place yesterday, he and I are able to draw on excellent support from ministerial colleagues and officials in discharging those responsibilities.

Government: Secretary of State for Defence (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I do not accept the description of our Armed Forces as underequipped and overstretched. If we look at how the Government have supported the Armed Forces on what I accept are difficult operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, that is not a fair characterisation. My right honourable friend has said in the other place that he thought long and hard about whether both jobs could be combined....

Government: Secretary of State for Defence (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I understand the point that the noble and gallant Lord is making, but I just do not accept this concept of a part-time Minister. I accept that I have taken on additional responsibilities in the new Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. However, when one looks at the responsibilities that I have taken on—for example, responsibility for the aerospace and defence...

Government: Secretary of State for Defence (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am happy to clarify that. In representing Scotland within the Cabinet, the Secretary of State will have responsibilities for answering questions on Scotland in the other place. He will have a Minister of State for Scotland working with him, who will be responsible for day-to-day matters. I have spoken with my right honourable friend about managing these responsibilities, and my...

Government: Secretary of State for Defence (11 Jul 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I recognise the noble Lord's deep experience in these matters, in particular his experience as a previous Secretary of State for Defence. Let me be absolutely clear: I, as a Minister in this House, and my right honourable friend, as the Secretary of State for Defence, recognise that when we have people fighting on our behalf on very difficult operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,...

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I am sure that the whole House will join me in offering sincere condolences to the families and friends of Corporal John Rigby, who was killed on Friday during operations in Iraq, and of Drummer Thomas Wright, who was killed yesterday during operations in Afghanistan. We intend to start building the two new aircraft carriers once we have agreed a robust and affordable deal.

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we absolutely want the carriers, and are prepared to play poker for as long as it takes to get them on the terms that we want.

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, this Government have invested more in building up a modern surface and submarine fleet than any in decades. The decisions that we have taken to ensure that we have the ships for a modern Navy are being implemented. We are robustly implementing the combination of that investment with a clear strategy for industry, published at the end of 2005. That is leading to industry making the...

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: No, my Lords. The purpose of the ships is to provide the centrepiece of the carrier strike force which was set out in the Strategic Defence Review in 1998. It is a fundamental pillar of the Government's defence strategy.

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, we agreed at the end of 2005 to work with France in licensing to it the design rights to the aircraft carriers. As it was able to use our work on its own aircraft carrier, it agreed to pay one-third of the costs through the development phase. That collaboration has gone well. We have been able to maintain the pace and cost of the British project without any negative impacts because...

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, it is not obsolete. Do not assume because we have not signed the contracts on the building of the carriers that we are prepared to see any slippage on their implementation and coming into service.

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, an aircraft carrier without aircraft would be useless. I am pleased that the noble Lord saw a papier mâché model. If he was prepared to travel to the United States, he could see the real thing flying. It is going through its test flights very successfully, and it is a very impressive aircraft.

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, they have absolutely been replaced. No loss of capability has followed from the loss of those two small boats to the Iranians.

Armed Forces: Future Aircraft Carrier (25 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, it is going really well. The STOVL version has the British technology, and it is the follow-up to the Harrier. It is British technology not only in the lift fan, which powers the short take-off and vertical landing aircraft, but in the technology around the manufacture of the aircraft.

Armed Forces (Alignment of Service Discipline Acts) Order 2007 (20 Jun 2007)

Lord Drayson: My Lords, I beg to move the Motion standing in my name on the Order Paper.


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